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Hop JuJu Imperial IPA - Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon

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Hop JuJu Imperial IPAHop JuJu Imperial IPA

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Ratings: 972
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 341
Gots: 97 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
The magical hops cast their spell, the natives chant and the drums beat... First let us confirm that there is no witchcraft used in creating this fine brew. None. Really. Well maybe a little. A supernatural beer with a powerhouse of hops creating aromas and flavors of citrus, pine and tropical fruit with a juicy resiny hop finish. Hakuna Matata.

(Beer added by: AltBock on 09-26-2009)
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, tropical fruit, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, tropical fruit, and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great citrus and tropical forward hop presence all around.

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A billowy head gathers above the amber liquid and leaves multiple strands of lacing down the side of the glass

Smell: Sugar-coated ruby red grapefruit

Taste: Like the aroma, the sugar-coated ruby red grapefruit flavor opens and builds through the middle, the bitterness builds, particularly after the swallow; bready malt flavors linger, underneath, but the finish is citrusy, sweet and adds a mango and tropical fruity angle

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Perhaps a tad too much sugar for my palate, this is still a terrific DIPA with a distinct West Coast character

Thanks, kbuzz, for the opportunity

Photo of BEERchitect
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With the unmistakable "Citra" hop character- it appears at first sniff that the brewers at Fat Head's have sold their soul to the devil. Irresistible to hop-heads, this deeply resinous taste is accompanied with enough fruit flavor to make any punch bowl blush.

Its copper and chestnut body shines despite its mildly hopped haze. With ribbons of gold and amber, the ale casts a dense and heavily creamy blanket of foam to rest above its prism of color. As the ale fades, trails of speckled Brussels lace follow closely behind.

The nose is quickly seduced by the beer's heavy hop influence immediately- tropical, citrus and herbaceous aromas are vibrant, ripe, and bursting with their perfume. Highly floral, the undertow of malt offers up a caramel-dipped fruit scent while approaching a rich and nearly buttery tone while hints of chive and cannabis rise at first sip.

Its taste is crisp and savory as the beer's moderate caramel sweetness turns over to a vagrant hoppy middle- there's a salty-citrus flavor that butts up against a butterscotch pineapple medley. But then there's cobblered taste of apples, mangoes, apricots and tangerine that's all wrapped in an aura of leaf and pine. Its growing bitterness is greeted with mineral and sap to crispen and dry its taste with ease.

Resembling the classic American IPA as much as it does an "imperial" version, the beer's hop dominance easily overshadows its malt sweetness as the beer is drier than expected even from the start. What ensues is a short caramel and biscuit sweetness that dissolves off the tongue and ensures a sticky resinous finish of smooth warmth and spicy bite.

Hop Juju spreads around to all the hop-heads with a resinous and tropical taste that satisfies their "bitter-tooth" with utmost divulgement. Its fruit, herb and supporting sweetness hits home with fans of newer, stronger and fruitier hops.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice looking copper color on this beer. The head is thin and white leaving behind just a touch of lacing on the glass with a small amount of retention. The smell if loaded with a bunch of hop aromas that range from resin to pine to fruit. The taste of the beer is very good too, nicely balanced sweet malts with a punishing bitter finish. The mouthfeel is oily and kind of heavy too. Overall this beer is a tasty, it's a hop bomb for sure, but if you're a hophead you'll love this for sure.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this is amazing on so many levels. for one, all this hop character with so little bitterness, its incredible, maybe one of the most dramatic ive encountered. honey colored is fitting, because its honey textured hoppy too, extremely west coast in nature, dank and drippy with hop goodness. i dont get as much tropical fruit in this as others apparently have, more pine for me, spruce even, springy and pungent, with a real taffy sticky front end feel but fully resolving in the finish, aided by strong carbonation and a medium body that feels delicate for how big this is. i appreciate a big ipa under 9% abv too, it allows me the ability to enjoy several of them without the consequences of doing the same thing with one at 10% abv. i would describe the hop profile of this beer as less distinct than expected, given the hype. i thought for sure southern hemisphere fruitiness and all of that, but its not really there. its got more of a northwest hop character, just done better than most others, which is always great to see. this one and the head hunter are both amazing. these guys appear to be really onto it with their hoppy beers. id love to try some other stuff, looks like they do a ton.

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5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been waiting to try this beer for a long time, I usually catch every specialty release at Fathead's Pittsburgh but this one has always eluded me. I was thrilled to hear that it won this year's GABF Gold medal, and it beat my favorite 3F's Permanent Funeral out in blind tastings. This sample is super fresh bottled on 2/13/14...I love the packaging and the artwork on the label..."a supernatural beer".

Pours into a Fathead's Head Hunter pint glass glowing orange copper with a big white head filling up past the rim of the glass. Big chunks of sporadic lacing, aromatics hit hard with dank resinous hops everything I love about Head Hunter and then some, this time around there's grapefruit peel, tropical passionfruit notes, hop resins it's like diving into a bale of dried hops...what a great smelling DIPA. That happens to drink as easily as a single IPA.

Let's talk about flavors...layered resins of hop oils take on the palate, bringing lime/grapefruit citrus pith, dank cannabis oils, tropical fruit (think papaya/passionfruit combo), just an unrelenting level of hop bitterness that actually hits the palate in all the right ways! It comes off balanced not sugar coated hops, or caramelized sugars just a depth of malt presence and hop burps come of your nares after a few sips. Truly magnificent DIPA, to make something this drinkable, critics complain about 13.99 a 4 pack it's a bargain with the quality and amount of hops used in this offering. Alcohol definitely has a presence but it doesn't burn, it seems to be balanced into the combination of big malt and extraordinary hop components but be warned this beer is 9% abv and 100 walloping IBUs!

Matt Cole has quickly become a presence in the craft beer world after honing his skills at Rocky River in Ohio, he had a transcending meet up with Glen Benigni (excuse spelling) the founder of Fat Head's Pittsburgh which lead to a brewpub in New Olmstead, Ohio which lead to the production brewery pumping out bottles and very soon cans from Fathead's. The first time I visited Fathead's New Olmstead, it was a couple years ago Matt was loading his vehicle with GABF medals at that time...I am grateful to be close enough and part of the experience and I'm proud to see a somewhat local brewer/franchise gaining such deserved recognition for their talent, hardwork, and passion.

Sorry about the long review that pretty much pays homage to one of my favorite brewers in the world, but the mouthfeel on this beer is perfect with big hop oils gliding across the palate, creamy texture hop layers just so easy going down this beer is truly ridiculous!

Overall, a beer I can't live without now that I've tasted it, it best become part of their rotation if it doesn't we are all going to be let down, but the adds I've seen recently for Fathead's represents that this beer is going to be a standby offering, if not I really hope to see the next release come sooner than later. I wasn't being greedy I plan on sharing, and yes I grabbed the last 11 bottles available at my local! That's how rare this beer is!!!

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

All right. Let's see what this hop juju hoopla is all about.

The nose on this one is bursting with character. Strong initial citrus off the start gives way to a very thorough resin character. All of it tones down after a short while. The flavor brings a thick resin tone as well and it lingers in a very hearty sense, changing a bit on the way. Thick and meaty. This is definitely a hop lovers beer. But very much an east coast style one at that.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Three Floyds. I really dug Headhunter, so I was excited to try this one. Served in a half-pint.

A - A finger of white foam that has fantastic retention and leaves behind splotchy lace. Golden transparent body.

S - Big hop aroma, with plenty of pithy grapefruit, light pine, other citrus zest and juice, and a light sugar cookie and bread malt backdrop.

T - Taste is a little less exciting, although it's still fairly enjoyable. Less sweetness and more bitterness, particularly in the finish. As it warms up some icing sugar malt character comes, but this is largely grapefruits and a hint of orange.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, some light alcohol warmth, and a super dry finish. Plenty if resinous hop oils are left behind.

D - A very good Midwest DIPA that I would gladly have again if I saw it on-tap (or had a growler). There's a nice group of hoppy brews popping up in Ohio (Fat Heads, Columbus, etc.) which is a nice change of pace from the less hop-oriented offerings from Jackie O's and Great Lakes. This isn't a beer that you could drink all night, but I had no problem finishing my glass.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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Hop JuJu Imperial IPA from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
99 out of 100 based on 972 ratings.